The Congo’s killing fields

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
Families separated. Millions left for dead. Do we share some of the blame?

Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of a series of sudden escapes from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into nearby Burundi. On this particular exodus his father was too ill to travel and the family had to leave him.


The Congo’s killing fields

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice War and Peace
Families separated. Millions left for dead. Do we share some of the blame?

Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of a series of sudden escapes from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into nearby Burundi. On this particular exodus his father was too ill to travel and the family had to leave him.


Why Oscar Romero's martyrdom is long overdue

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
Though his critics persist, Óscar Romero’s martyrdom has finally been recognized.

Just before Robert White was dispatched as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador in 1980, he attended a National Security Council meeting that included a lively discussion of how much Archbishop Óscar Romero was screwing up U.S. Central American strategy. The archbishop’s “anti-American sermons, his politicizing of religion, and his incitement to rebellion” had been noted by an increasingly apprehensive Carter administration.


The faith in the ‘American Sniper' that you won't see in the film

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Article Culture Reviews War and Peace

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family.

But God doesn’t make a central appearance in the film American Sniper, which opens nationwide on Friday (January 16). The film offers a few similarities to Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s recent World War II epic about POW Louis Zamperini.


Cool it this Christmas

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Article Environment War and Peace
This holiday season, turn down the thermostat and give peace a chance.

The season of the prince of peace is upon us once again, yet the world seems aswirl with violence and despair. The Ebola virus has the nation on edge while it reaps a terrible harvest in West Africa. Another virus, this one of violence, is sweeping across the nations of the Middle East and throughout the Arab world. What has become of the Arab Spring? Only tiny Tunisia appears to have survived the tempest thrown up by efforts to tear down Arab tyrants and jump-start democracy in the region.


Is James Foley a martyr? A brutal death sparks a faith-based debate

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons War and Peace

c. 2014 Religion News Service

(RNS) From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, with some even saying he should be considered a saint.

Yet that characterization has left others uneasy, and the discussion is raising larger questions about what constitutes martyrdom.


A hot mess in the Middle East

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Article Environment War and Peace
As tensions heat up in Iraq, one underlying cause of the conflict remains overlooked.

Assessing the Pentagon's spending priorities

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics War and Peace
Our inflated military budget comes at the expense of the nation’s most vulnerable.

A fundamental responsibility of national defense is a rational assessment of real-world threats and the practical limitations of military power. Every four years the Pentagon updates its long-term strategic priorities in a Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which offers some insight into how the U.S. military will prioritize and deploy its forces.


Breaking ranks: John Dear, the Jesuits, and working for peace

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Article War and Peace
Peace activist John Dear’s departure from the Jesuits calls to mind our need for modern prophets.

A Catholic case for gun control

By Rachael Travis and Sister Marge Clark, B.V.M.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics War and Peace
Our nation’s culture of violence is out of control. It’s time to pull the trigger on efforts to reduce gun deaths.

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